I've worked with Mike at multiple confirmation retreats over the past couple of years. He clearly has a great love for Christ and for the Church and joyfully uses his gifts of teaching and music to inspire the youth to grow in holiness and in their relationship with the Lord. For Mike, it is not just about providing the youth with a good retreat experience, rather he seeks to instill in them a plan and desire to carry what they learned into their ordinary day-to-day lives.
Fr. Patrick Mary, MFVA
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
"Words can't express my sincere and profound gratitude. You were remarkable on Wednesday. The students have been talking about your retreat day. Honestly, the fact the faculty had been talking about it is even more moving and impressive.
Mike gave a Lenten retreat day for our students...WOW, blown away by his ability to address real social issues through the eyes of faith and Christian love in action without the guilt trip. Thanks for opening the Gospel message with us! God bless you..I would encourage other schools to invite you!"
Brother James Beamesderfer, S.A.C.
Head of Mission
Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Pennsauken, NJ
"Mike Tenney is a gifted speaker and worship leader. He has a heart on fire with the love of God and with a passion for sharing the Gospel with young people. He blends solid teaching with personal witness and communicates from his own encounter with Jesus. Young people are drawn to his genuine ways. As a singer and worship leader, he is a true music minister. Keeping the focus on God, he leads others to a place of encountering Jesus with his music. I have seen him engage and transform groups of youth and adults. He has earned my highest recommendation."
Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries, Garrison, NY
"Mike is an awesome musician and speaker. I always feel like I'll learn something from his talk no matter what the subject is. When he plays music, I know that I'm going to have a great experience, no matter if I'm in adoration or at a concert! I always feel God's presence when you're around!"
"I was so grateful to have Mike come and help with our Middle School Rally. He made my job as a Religion Teacher and Coordinator very easy because he had so many ideas to share and was great with our students. I had students, teachers, and parents come up to me after the Rally to thank me for bringing Mike to our school. They were impressed by his message and his energy. The teachers also commented that they liked that fact he is also a teacher and could tell by the way he worked with our students. Our students were engaged the entire day and I even received emails from parents saying that our students were enthusiastic in their car rides home! I highly recommend bringing Mike to your parish or school events."
Middle School Teacher and Religion Coordinator,
St. Bridget Middle School, Richmond, VA
"Mike led a retreat for the music ministers in our diocese (Austin). He was a pleasure to work with and planned the retreat to suit our needs. There was an overwhelming positive response to his leadership. The retreat continues to bear fruit in our ministry, and spiritual fruit in our own hearts. I would especially recommend him to anyone looking to revive the prayerful nature of your music ministry or anyone working for renewal through programs like Amazing Parish."
Director of Music
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Waco, TX
“We brought Mike Tenney up to Vermont for a series of events. Mike clearly has a great deal of experience working with young people and brings a message of hope and light for many who are struggling to find meaning to their lives. I have worked with a number of national speakers and found Mike to be very personable and easy to work with. He would be a great asset for any work in the New Evangelism. I recommend Mike for your Diocesan or parish events.”
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Diocese of Burlington, VT
"Mike has worked at young adult retreats and events across the Archdiocese and always brings a joyful professionalism. He is easy to work with, is devoted as a music minister, and always provides beautiful music that connects to whatever group he works with. I highly recommend him.
Director of Young Adult Ministry & Evangelization Initiatives
Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
"Mike Tenney has been one of the most positive faith models that I've had in my life. He helped me to find and strengthen my faith through music. He's shown me that there is a joy in giving praise to Christ through prayerful music."
“Mike brings passion and enthusiasm to his music and catechetical presentations. He has been a prominent part of the Catholic Charities High School Day of Service from the beginning and a big reason for the success of the event. I highly recommend Mike to anyone who is looking to open the spirit of young people to the presence of the Lord.”
Deacon James Nalls
Director of Family, Parish, & Community Outreach
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
"[My daughter] really enjoyed the speaker today! She talked about him and his stories the whole way home from school. I think the kids really listened to him today."
"It's been a privilege to know Mike for more than a decade. He is an exceptional musician, dedicated teacher and joyful disciple of Jesus Christ. Mike comes alive while leading worship, speaking, and teaching about the faith and interacting with the young Church. He develops a genuine rapport with young people and has a heartfelt desire to help them recognize how loved they are by God and to cultivate their God given gifts and talents. I've seen Mike encourage confidence in young people because he has believed in them even at times more than they believe in themselves. I could not more highly recommend him for whatever your musical or speaking needs may be."
Fr. Matthew J. Foley, OFM Conv.
Director of Campus Ministry
St. Francis High School, Hamburg, NY
"You have had a profound impact on me! Learning theology of the body was what convicted me that the Church and all her teachings must be true. If the church could be so profoundly right about something so personal and essential and put words and logic to what my heart knew to be true, then it must be right about everything. I was convinced by your teaching that the Catholic church could offer me truth to satisfy my mind and heart."
"I have worked with Mike Tenney for over ten years. I have seen him lead prayer in small intimate gatherings of a few young people with just his guitar and have also seen him find success as the keynote in gatherings with hundreds of folks directing a band. He is a talented musician, a strong leader, and most importantly a passionate disciple."
Executive Director, Columbia Pregnancy Center, Columbia, MD
". . . the best Rally I have attended in my six years . . . Mike’s message was one that I pray each of our students will carry with them, especially as they go through these next 7-10 years. My hope is that they will carry the 'mind of Christ' with them always and support those who need their help without regard to peer pressure, but in doing what’s right and what Jesus would do! It was an inspiring day for this very tired teacher!"
anonymous, Middle School Teacher
Praise for Mike's Blogs
"Thank you for this post. It’s given me a lot to pray on and I needed it."
"Thank you for this. It feels that God has gently spoken to my heart (and mind) through your post."
"This is an older article, but I wanted to thank you for writing it. I am in the middle of a dead 5 year relationship with my boyfriend. I must say I have not prayed in years, in fact my spiritual life has been dead for some time. But this has beautifully shown me that I don’t need to stay with him... he is not a bad person. And I am afraid to hurt him. But I cannot get over the hurt he has caused me over these years. I know he did not mean to, and I don’t fault him for it. But it hurt me nonetheless. At this point I think it would be better if we broke up. I just hope he can’t let me go..."
"Shoulders, Shame, & Millennial Modesty"
"As a mom thinking through how to approach these topics in the teen years, I love all of this."
"Latin Won't Save Us"
"Thank you thank you thank you for this piece of writing. I am sharing!"
"This piece says it all so well. Always so happy to come across catholic thinkers who go beyond the binary of most catholic press . . ."
"This is the greatest thing I've read in a very long time."
When I Tell You I'm Pro-Life
"This was so well written, and I agree with your perspective!"
Speechless! Great job! . . . Thank you for this prayerful and moving reflection. I am proud to say I am Pro-Life."